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17-10-2017 12:43 Rchard Harding wrote:
Is there anyone out there who served on tanker "Cerinthus" - although, strictly not a "Shell" vessel, she was owned by the Hadley Shippng Co, a "subsiduary of Houlder Brothers n the 1950s/1960,s, and spent the vast amount of her time chartered to Shell. l joined Cerinthus in Jan 1960 in Barry Dock (C.H.Baileys drydock facility), my first ship, as Junior Deck Apprentice, and paid-off after a single voyage, ending in Tilbury in Jan 1961, when l then pursued a career in the Construction industry. l still have fond memories of this voyage, under the captaincy of C.J.Welch who had to retrurn to the UK in Dec 1960 from Curacao - also 1st Officer Thomas Woolcott. Chief Engineer was Ernest Featherstone, who it was "rumoured" was the elder brother of Margaret Rutherford, the renowned British actress at the time. Our ports of call were all west of Greenwich with the exception of Rotterdam prior to end of voyage in Tilbuury, London, and main base being Lake Maracaibo / Curacao, from where we carried various grades of crude & some refined products to various destinations on both east and west coasts of north and south America. Generally a very happy ship of which l have fond memories. lstill have my log-book from that time, including list of all crew members. Would be pleased to hear from anybody who sailed on Cerinthus during this period
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